The National Education Association is sponsoring the event. Many different schools participate in the event each year. The theme for 2016’s American Education Week is “Great public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.” The week-long celebration will spotlight distinguished individuals who are critical in building great public schools for the nation’s 50 million K-12 students. American Education Week’s celebration days include:
The theme for 2016’s American Education Week is “Great public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.” The weeklong celebration will spotlight distinguished individuals who are critical in building great public schools for the nation’s 50 million K-12 students. American Education Week’s celebration days include:
- Monday, November 14: Nationwide Kickoff. From national commemorations to local community events such as American Education Week house parties, millions of Americans will celebrate public education nationwide.
- Tuesday, November 15: Parents Day. Schools will invite parents into the classroom for a hands-on experience of what the day is like for their child.
- Wednesday, November 16: Education Support Professionals Day.Individuals who provide invaluable services to schools are recognized for their outstanding work.
- Thursday, November 17: Educator for a Day. Community leaders will be invited to serve as educators to get a glimpse at a day in the life of a school employee.
- Friday, November 18: Substitute Educators Day. This day honors the educators who are called upon to replace regularly employed teachers.
Useful For: Those who care deeply about the education system and those who serve in it.
Outcome: An opportunity to say thank you to those who work in the education system.
- Say Thanks. Have students write a short thank you note to someone — teacher, guidance counselor, support staff member, volunteer — anyone who works or has worked in a school and has helped them in the past.
- Target Your Alumni. Hold a reunion day, inviting alumni to return to school and talk with the students, visit with each other, and see what schools are like today. Use the occasion to launch an Alumni Wall of Fame, inviting nominations from the community, students and parents, as well as alumni participants.
- Invite Parents to School. Have students invite their parents to school for a day and interact with their child/ren in class as well as their teachers for a hands-on experience of what goes on during the school day.
Celebrate American Education week by encouraging others to learn for life and thank a teacher for all of their hard work and dedication. For more ideas see the National Educational Association web site.